About Coconino County

About Coconino County

Encompassing 18,661 square miles, Coconino County, Arizona, is the second largest county in the U.S. but one of the least populated. Our county includes Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi Indian Reservations, and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world. Elevations range from 2,000 feet above sea level along the Colorado River to 12,633 feet at the summit of Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff.

A Week Of Technical Rescue

Well, my living room is filled with gear, a bunch for cold-weather camping and a big pile of tech rescue equipment required for the Ropes That Rescue course I'll be taking in Sedona, Arizona, from Saturday, February 13th through Friday the 19th--seven straight days of rigging and knot-tying, rappelling, belaying, climbing (eek!), and mock rescues.

I'll be taking the Mountain Rescue Workshop, which concentrates on "a minimalist approach to mountain rescue procedures and teaches the access, stabilization and extrication of patients involved in mid-face free or aid climbing accidents." I'll be joined by eleven other students from Arizona and beyond for a week of physical activity and fun ... and, okay, a little stress on my part, which always seems to accompany me on tech rescue trainings.

So I'll be back after class and will let you know how it went.
In other news...

There are 55 days left to reach the goal on my Kickstarter fundraising project for Nepal, and it's 28% there! I'll be adding a new pledge reward level shortly, to include an original painting by Karna Dura, a member of the Himalayan Rescue Dog Squad. Here's a sample of his work:

And here are two recent photos from the team:

Visit my book project page for more information....